Chef Chloe Coscarelli (you may remember her from the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”) has opened a casual café and restaurant in New York City’s West Village, featuring a menu of 100% plant-based options. The longtime vegan chef partnered with ESquared Hospitality, of BLT restaurants, Casa Nonna, and more, for this quick-service restaurant that has a menu (entrees $5-$11) of takeaway options, as well as dine-in ones for the 45 indoor and sidewalk seats on site.
“One of the main goals for ‘by CHLOE.’ was to make eating healthy and vegan easily accessible to New Yorkers,” Coscarelli said, noting that visitors have the option to come at any time of day—it’s open late—stop by for something quick, or stay to dine.
In the Grab & Go section there’s a raw lasagna with zucchini noodles, tomato marinara and cashew-basil pesto; the matcha kelp noodles are served with cashew cream sauce and almond parm; and several salads get creative with kale and quinoa. There’s Stumpton coffee and Bellocq teas, and a line of cold-pressed juices, shooters and flights.
For dining, protein hounds will want to try the chef’s tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut burger, it's bean-based counterpart topped in guacamole (pictured) and pesto meatballs, and if you’re craving carbs, she makes a mac n’ cheese with sweet potato-cheese sauce and shitake bacon. Cocktails making use of the juice bar feature organic liquors (the Howlin’ Whiskey Mule, mixes organic whiskey, the house Howl Juice, candied giner, and lime).
Brunch and breakfast are coming soon, but sweets—for which Coscarelli may be most famous—are ready to go. Longtime fans may go straight for the cupcakes, but we say try her cookies, which are abundant in size and flavor.
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